Manufacturing facility earns LEED gold
The North American Uponor Headquarters Annex manufacturing facility has achieved LEED gold certification, according to a release.
The new 90,000-square-foot building supports the lean manufacturing operations for Uponor’s PEX plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating and cooling, hydronic piping,and pre-insulated piping systems.
To receive LEED certification, project teams must follow strict guidelines across a wide variety of sustainable design and construction practices. During the design-to-construction process, PCL and Uponor focused on incorporating sustainability aspects into site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and indoor environmental quality for the occupants.
Sustainable elements of the completed building include the installation of a solar array, use of a white roof system designed to reduce heat absorption and cooling requirements, all LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, environmentally integrated landscaping and a high-efficiency irrigation system that uses collected rainwater when available. Collected rainwater is also filtered and used for plumbing fixture flushing.
These efforts, in addition to other water-management techniques, combined to achieve 56 percent reduction in water usage and 25 percent reduction in energy usage compared to similar buildings using more conventional fixtures and technologies.
“The end-to-end process of designing and constructing a building to achieve LEED standards and certification requires a LEED-knowledgeable team and a joint effort and commitment throughout the project,” said Dan Hughes, director of real estate and EHS for Uponor North America.
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